“The Baking Book” from Your Family, R275, is a collection of favourite South African recipes. Try these fail-safe treats


  • 100g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 125g butter, softened
  • 210ml castor sugar
  • 5ml vanilla essence
  • 2 extra-large eggs
  • 140ml cake flour
  • 30ml cocoa powder
  • 100g pecan nuts, chopped
  • 250ml marshmallows, chopped
  • 100g glacé cherries, chopped
  • pinch salt
  • vanilla ice cream, to serve


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line the base of a 25cm x 20cm rectangular cake tin with baking paper.
  2. Melt the chocolate in the microwave for about 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds.
  3. Beat the butter and sugar until pale. Add the vanilla and eggs, one at a time, beating until well combined.
  4. Sift the flour and cocoa and fold into the egg mixture. Fold in the chocolate, nuts, marshmallows, cherries and salt. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin.
  5. Bake for about 20–25 minutes until a testing skewer comes out clean with a few moist crumbs. Serve warm with ice cream or leave to cool in the tin before cutting into squares.

Tip: Substitute pecans with nuts of your choice. A combination of dried fruit also works really well.

(This recipe serves 8 people)